Tuesday, February 22, 2005

When in Rome, Walk This Way

Tom Zoellner recently posted some hilarious travel hints for the Globe Trekker crowd seeking a more adventurous and "authentic" experience in non-resort industry nations. A few examples:

Walk Like a Man
When disembarking at the airport, put on your best New York scowl and act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Uncertain body language is like blood in the water for robbers, touts and con artists, all of whom lurk outside Customs like skycaps.

Come Prepared
Carry a pocketful of ballpoint pens. They make handy, non-monetary gifts for street children. Many schools in poor countries can't afford to give their students anything to write with.

An All-Purpose Conversation Starter in Youth Hostels
"Hey, are you from Australia?"

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